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From: South Africa
Registered: Jun 2014

posted 10-29-2017 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam   Click Here to Email Sam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Besides Apollo 11, which other flown artifacts have the best resale value? Or are all Apollo flown artifacts of great resale value?

spaced out

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From: Paris, France
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posted 10-29-2017 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's difficult to compare the resale value of flown artifacts from different missions because there aren't really many cases where the same number and type of artifact are equally available across multiple missions.

For example, you could compare flown 4x6" US flags from different Apollo missions but the number of examples available from each mission varies wildly. Robbins medallions are another possible example but again the number flown on each mission and the number that have come to market since the flights is highly variable from mission to mission.

Another factor to take into account is a hierarchy of desirability, with Earth orbit items being generally less desirable than equivalents flown to lunar orbit, and those carried to the lunar surface in the LM being more desirable still.

In any case, in terms of the Apollo missions, items from Apollo 11 tend to fetch a premium. Apollo 13 is also very popular. Next are probably Apollos 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17, then Apollo 8 and 10, and finally Apollo 7 and 9.

None of this reflects the importance of the actual mission of course. Some people would definitely value Apollo 8 items above many other missions as the first to truly leave Earth. Other people appreciate the significance of the Apollo 7 and 9 Earth orbit missions.


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From: Rocky Point, NY, USA
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posted 10-30-2017 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tallpaul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I always find it interesting that every auction has lots of available items from Apollo 11 but very few from Apollo 8 or 10.


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posted 11-01-2017 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jonspace   Click Here to Email jonspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is also the difference between a lunar surface flown item and one that remained in lunar orbit. Big difference in value between the two.

It's also tough to gauge because at the end of the day (or hammer strike) it is up to buyers in how much they are willing to pay. I've seen some flown items double or even triple in final price from one auction to another - even in the same year (buyer will buy from one auction house and submit to another to resell it).

I'm definitely in the Apollo 8 camp, as mentioned above. Apollo collectors love Apollo 8 for the long list of firsts. Apollo 11 also attracts a lot of attention from non-space collectors and they're willing to bid higher (for example American/World history/1960's culture collectors).

1202 Alarm

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From: Geneva, Switzerland
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posted 11-01-2017 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1202 Alarm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I collect mainly flown checklist pages these days I noticed that many bidders/collectors have that kind of order:
  • Apollo 11, THE mission.
  • Apollo 8, first humans ever to leave Earth orbit.
  • Apollo 13, the drama, the movie...
  • Apollo 17, the last one.
  • Then 12, 14, 15, 16 in no particular order
    then Apollo 10 (so underrated in my opinion)
  • And finally 7 or 9 "for the connoisseurs" like they say, or the completists.

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